ON MEDAL NUM­BER TWO

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“In 47 sec­onds you get a fair bit of time to think and it feels like a lot longer. You try to nail ev­ery­thing to get that perfect race. At the turn [50-me­tres], I knew I had to be within a sec­ond of the fastest guy and I knew the guys next to me, [Cana­dian] Santo Con­dorelli and [Amer­i­can] Nathan Adrian were gonna go out fast. My plan was to swim close to the lane rope and get on Nathan’s wash – a bit like surf­ing his wave. With 25m to go, I could see I was only half a body length be­hind, if that. I was breath­ing to Santo’s side and had no idea what po­si­tion I was ac­tu­ally in, but knew it was good. I didn’t know I had won un­til I looked up at the clock. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s nuts!’ and I looked to check where Cam [Mcevoy] had come be­cause he’s a great mate of mine, and my heart sank.”

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